Letter from Frances Miller Seward to William Henry Seward, February 23, 1837

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to William Henry Seward, February 23, 1837
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Date:1837-02-23

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Letter from Frances Miller Seward to William Henry Seward, February 23, 1837

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sender: Frances Seward
Birth: 1805-09-24  Death: 1865-06-21

location: Auburn, NY

receiver: William Seward
Birth: 1801-05-16  Death: 1872-10-10

location: Westfield, NY

transcription: keh 

revision: ekk 2015-06-04

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Thursday Feb 24th
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Editorial Note

Thursday was February 23

My Dearest Henry, Freddy
Birth: 1830-07-08 Death: 1915-04-25
and I went yesterday
to spend the afternoon with Mrs Horner
Birth: 1776 Death: 1864-10-17
fearing to
trust to Peter's unskillful driving Mr Mc Lallen
Birth: 1791 Death: 1860-11-16
took us
there - in the evening when he came for us he said
Jennings
Birth: 1793-08-23 Death: 1841-02-24
had arrived. I was very glad to see him
we sat up talking until after nine though my head
was aching violently all the time - he told me much
that was interesting about George
Birth: 1808-08-26 Death: 1888-12-07
and Cornelia
Birth: 1805-10-29 Death: 1839-01-04
but
you will see him after he leaves here and hear all.
He seems very zealously engaged in the cause of
education - intends calling a meeting while here
for the promotion of his views. I am afraid he will ^not^
be very successful here the late fire has occasioned
some demands upon the liberality of the people.
He asked me if I thought Mr Lucas
Birth: 1799 Death: 1839-08-25
would join the
other clergman in any effort they might make.
I was unable to answer the question. I presumed Mr
Lucas was a High Churchman but have never heard
the subject discussed. Jennings seemed to think this
a very important consideration. I could only say
he was a very good man and a sincere christian.
Jennings has gone now to meet some of his freinds
at the American. Pa
Birth: 1772-04-11 Death: 1851-11-13
went yesterday to Seneca
Falls
with Capt. Chase
Birth: 1785-04-07 Death: 1853-01-01
. Col Mynderse
Birth: 1767-07-11 Death: 1838-01-31
is failing but
not confined to his bed. Sunday morning. All have
departed for church and I am alone in the house
I should have gone but am hoarding my strength
to go and hear Jennings this evening - he is as
you have often said a wonderful man - seems entirely
devoted to the cause in which he is engaged
he yields to no discouragements - his efforts are untiring

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William Seward

Birth: 1801-05-16 Death: 1872-10-10
F. A. Seward
Feb 24. 1837
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unceasing. I have been so much interested in
his conversation that all my leisure time
has been employed in listening to him - so
you may if you please scold him for this hiatus
in my journal - we visited Mrs Miller
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yesterday
she seemed gratified. I am endeavouring to overcome
the disposition I feel to shrink from all intercourse
with strangers or ordinary acquaintances. Mrs
Ezekiel Williams
Birth: 1803-01-02
called at Mrs Horners the day
I was there - a pause in the conversation was
abruptly broken by her saying in no gentle tone
"that (alluding to Frederick) is the little boy who is
brother to the child that died with the small-pox"
No one spoke and I was compelled to bow assentingly
I could not articulate a sentence. The subject
was dropped here as I suppose my changing color
must have indicated that it was any thing but
agreeable to me. It is such things as these dear
Henry that makes my timid spirit shrink within
itself and induces me to avoid society. I
cannot bear t to hear that horrid disease
named by an indifferent person - by one who
does not comprehend my feelings - and yet I
know that this is a morbid sensibility which
ought not to be cherished. I will try to overcome
it. My nerves are still exceedingly weak and
my head aches daily almost hourly, but I think
Jennings will tell you that I am tolerably cheerful
I will write again soon. Jennings leaves early
tomorrow and I must write a few lines to
Marcia
Birth: 1794-07-23 Death: 1839-10-28
- your own Frances -